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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RIVER

I see some man in the East has a fad for breaking the ice in the river and going swimming.

Then, Robert, you quarreled with the man you took across the river.

I was down at the river just now, and saw it with my own eyes.

The Jews have crossed the river Jordan and have occupied Palestine.

At eight o'clock we got under way, and followed along the river.

Shot six ducks; great numbers were in the river, also white cockatoos.

From far and wide, wild people flocked to the banks of the river.

The river is about a mile and a half north of us, and we have not seen it for some miles.

The scenery in this portion of the river is highly exciting.

They turned in towards the river, and we rode down to meet them.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Anglo-French rivere, Old French riviere "river, riverside, river bank" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *riparia "riverbank, seashore, river" (cf. Spanish ribera, Italian riviera), noun use of fem. of Latin riparius "of a riverbank" (see riparian). Generalized sense of "a copious flow" of anything is from late 14c. The Old English word was ea "river," cognate with Gothic ahwa, Latin aqua (see aqua-). Romanic cognate words tend to retain the sense "river bank" as the main one, or else the secondary Latin sense "coast of the sea" (cf. Riviera).

U.S. slang phrase up the river "in prison" (1891) is originally in reference to Sing Sing prison, which was literally "up the (Hudson) river" from New York City. Phrase down the river "done for, finished" perhaps echoes sense in sell down the river (1851), originally of troublesome slaves, to sell from the Upper South to the harsher cotton plantations of the Deep South.

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